Henry Howard Roerkohl was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the QM Corps Reserve on Jan 16, 1940. On Nov 9, 1942 Howard was transferred to the Northwest Service Command (NWSC), located in Whitehorse, Canada in the Yukon Territory. He was Commanding Officer of the 3413th Ordnance Company working on the ALCAN (Alaska – Canadian Highway) and Canol (Canadian-American-Norman Oil pipeline) projects. Col. E. E. Kirkpatrick and Lt. Col. Robert W. Lockridge later of the Manhattan Project also served in the NWSC, with Lockridge recommending Roerkohl for the Manhattan Project.
As a result he became Commanding Officer of the 216th Special Ordnance Detachment which assembled atomic bomb prototypes for test purposes as a component of the 216th Army Air Forces Base Unit (Sp) at Wendover Field, Utah.
After the war, he briefly served at Sandia Base as Commander of the Troops, reporting to Col. Seeman for Technical Area matters and Col. Tyler for Post matters.
Information and photographs for this profile were provided by Scott Muselin.